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A London Christmas 2007: Carols & Services

Music has always been at the heart of a British Christmas and London typifies this tuneful fascination. Charitable singers gather on street corners, church congregations swell and concert halls welcome world-class performers. Get inside some of the cityís finest venues, including historical landmarks like Westminster Abbey and the Royal Albert Hall, or simply gather around the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square and join the rest of London for a good old fashioned round of carols...

 
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A London Christmas 2007: Carols & Services
 

Cadogan Hall

5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
 
Tuesday 11th - Thursday 20th December 2007
 
Cadogan Hall is a good spot for a festive concert. The Byzantine-style former church has an appropriately Middle Eastern Christian feel, which combines with the always-impressive lights along King Street to give things a thoroughly seasonal feel. Here are some programme highlights and additional dates...
 
Christmas at Cadogan with Kit and the Widow

Wednesday 12th December 2007
"No carols. No mulled wine. No elves. Merry Christmas"
A refreshing alternative to the season's traditional formats and tunes, lounge act, Kit and the Widow, offers a wry, funny, at times caustic, cabaret take on Christmas. A smattering of tunes, some tinkling of the ivories, a sprinkling of jokes and camp banter make up this evening's, "Christmas with an edge" entertainment.
 
 
Christmas Cracker

Wednesday 19th December 2007
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nick Davies, perform a populist programme full of seasonal favorites, including Humperdinck's 'Hansel & Gretel Overture', Tchaikovsky's 'The Skaters' Waltz', 'Mary's Boy Child' and 'Winter Wonderland'. Vocalists Mary Carewe and Michael Dore lead the singing with the audience invited to join in at instances throughout.
 
 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with the Joyful Company of Singers

Thursday 20th December 2007
Traditional Christmas songs from all over the world, including the Basque area, Czechoslovakia and France, and festive classical music, mix with some favourite English carols in this robust concert. A packed evening full of familiar tunes contrasted with some unusual additions, you're guaranteed to come out singing.
 
 
Additional Dates:
 

Tuesday 11th December 2007
 
 
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th December 2007
 

Sunday 16th December 2007
 
 
Monday 17th December 2007
 
 
Tuesday 18th December 2007
 

Current events at Cadogan Hall
Opera Settecento: Griselda event Thursday 18th September
TIMES Thursday 18th September 2014 - 7pm  PRICING £20-£35
Opera Settecento presents a performance of Vivaldi's opera Griselda. Produced by G. Ricordi & Co. of Milan, the performance is the UK premiere of the... More about this event
Miranda Sings event Friday 19th September until Saturday 20th September
TIMES Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September 2014 - 7pm  PRICING £20 & £35
A one-woman show from Colleen Ballinger's alter-ego, featuring magic, comedy, songs and dramatic readings of hate mail.... More about this event
Dame Felicity Lott With Orpheus Sinfonia event Thursday 25th September
TIMES Thursday 25th September 2014 - 7.30pm-10pm  PRICING £10-£30
Orpheus Sinfonia, under the artistic direction of Thomas Carroll, offers an evening of splendid orchestral and vocal repertoire joined by one of the c... More about this event
Roger McGuinn event Friday 26th September
TIMES Friday 26th September 2014 - 7.30pm  PRICING £34.50
Country and folk-rock by the veteran American singer-songwriter and former frontman of The Byrds.... More about this event
BBC Singers event Tuesday 30th September
TIMES Tuesday 30th September 2014 - 7.30pm  PRICING £18-£30
Andrew Carwood conducts Gibbons's O Clap Your Hands Together, The Cries Of London, What Is Our Life! In Nomine In 5 Parts No 2 and Behold, Thou Hast ... More about this event
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Christ Church (Spitalfields Winter Festival)

Christ Church, London, E1 6LY
 
Wednesday 12th - Friday 21st December 2007
 
It's been an annual event for a long time now, but the Spitalfields Winter Festival is still going strong with a host of unique musical events which range from bell-ringing to gospel workshops, lunchtime concerts and carols to Medieval recitals and classical works. This varied programme of innovative music includes a musical and dramatic rendition of the adventures of Sinbad and 'Joglaresa' - an infectious programme of Medieval and traditional tunes guaranteed to get you in the Christmas mood. All concerts take place in and around the beautifully restored Christ Church in the heart of London's vibrant East End.
 
Spitalfields Winter Festival Community Carol Service

Tuesday 18th December 2007
Always one of the highlights of the Spitalfields Festival is the annual Community Carol Service, with pupils from local schools and organisations performing with habitual gusto a lively programme of readings, carols and instrumental recitals. This year youngsters from the Tower Hamlets Saturday Music Centre and Sir John Cass's Foundation School and Centre perform alongside the Sing Gospel Singers.  A heart-warming, community event, the carol concert always attracts large, loyal crowds and plenty of good cheer. All proceeds go towards the Spitalfields Crypt Trust.
 
 
Christ Church - Information
A London Christmas 2007: Carols & Services
 

Ham House

Ham House, London, TW10 7RS
 
Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December 2007
 
Resting on the banks of the Thames in outlying Richmond, the Great Hall of Ham House's magnificent 17th-century building forms an atmospheric venue for this annual series of carol concerts. The afternoon performances are family-orientated festive fiestas with a visit from Santa and presents for the young ones. The later concerts ('Timeless Carols') are accompanied by more revelry, with mulled wine and mince pies on offer in the remarkable 17th-century orangery during the interval.
 
The Kingston University Choir performs on Sunday 9th December, Mary Mogil and the Leon Singers entertain on Saturday 15th December, while the tones of Musica Divina directed by Simon Desbrulais fill the hall on the 16th. The programme covers a number of orations and showcase pieces, as well as the carols that everyone can join in with.
 
 
Current events at Ham House & Gardens
Bright Club event Wednesday 24th September
TIMES Wednesday 24th September 2014 - 8pm-10pm  PRICING £8
National Trust staff and researchers from University College London become comedians for one night. Comedy takes place in the Orangery. Before the sho... More about this event
Ham Supper Club event Friday 26th September
TIMES Friday 26th September 2014 - 6.30pm-11pm  PRICING £40
Supper club with a talk and tour.... More about this event
Conservation In Action event running until Saturday 27th September 2014
TIMES Saturday 27th September 2014 - 12noon-5pm  PRICING Free, plus admission £10, child £5, family £25
... More about this event
An Introduction To Digital Slr Photography: Autumn Colours event Friday 3rd October
TIMES Friday 3rd October 2014 - 9.30am-4.30pm  PRICING £65
A beginners' course in the grounds and house.... More about this event
Stephen Farthing: Titian's Ghosts event running until Sunday 2nd November 2014
TIMES 8th March to 2nd November 2014 - 12noon-4pm  PRICING Free, plus admission £10, child £5, family £25
Paintings by the Royal Academician.... More about this event
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Osterley Park

Osterley Park, London, TW7 4RB
 
Sundays 2nd, 9th and 16th December 2007
 
The yard of Osterley Park's still-working Tudor stables is packed full of good cheer on Sunday afternoons in December as guests gather together outside for traditional carol services. For an additional charge visitors can step inside the house itself to catch a glimpse of how Osterley would have prepared for Christmas in days gone by.
 
Built in the 16th century, the house was completely revamped by Scottish architect Robert Adam two centuries later. The striking white pillar colonnade that fronts the house is just a taster of the fabulous neoclassical state rooms that exist inside.
 
The house itself is set in 140 acres of gorgeous, verdant parkland complete with ornamental lakes and pleasure grounds. It's the perfect place to take a winter stroll and blow away all the cobwebs. Keep your eyes peeled for the ghost of a mysterious lady dressed in white rumoured to haunt the grounds.
 
 
Current events at Osterley Park and House
Bat Walks event running until Saturday 20th September 2014
TIMES Wednesday 17th and Saturday 20th September 2014 - 7.15pm-8.30pm  PRICING £6, child £3, adv booking required
Discover the bat species that reside at the Castle in this guided walk.... More about this event
Families First Weekend event Saturday 27th September until Sunday 28th September
TIMES Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September 2014 - 12noon-4pm  PRICING £10.25, child £5.15, family £25.50, mems Free
Family-friendly activities.... More about this event
Fun Intense Training: Workshop event running until Sunday 28th September 2014
TIMES 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th Sep 2014 - 9.45am-10.45am  PRICING £5
Body exercises, team games and circuits.... More about this event
Craft Cart: Sticky Fingers Craft event running until Thursday 30th October 2014
TIMES Thursday 30th October 2014 - 12.30pm-4.30pm  PRICING £9.25, child £4.65, family £22.95
Drop in and get creative with a different theme at each session.... More about this event
A London Christmas 2007: Carols & Services
 

Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
 
Monday 10th - Monday 24th December 2007
 
One of the capital's most iconic music venues, this 19th-century concert hall is famed for offering a wide variety of entertainments. Its Christmas programme is no exception, with a range of concerts to suit most tastes from the King's College Choir to a raucous, audience-led singalong. Here are a few highlights followed by some more dates... 
 
White Christmas 2007

Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7 2AP
Saturday 15th December 2007
White Christmas offers up a familiar set of seasonal songs from 'Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire' to 'A Winter Wonderland' and 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'... A proper selection of old-time favourites, this'll have you swaying and singing in your seat before the first song has finished. Led by the London Concert Orchestra and the Capital Voices Choir and conducted by John Rigby, West End stars Jacinta Whyte and Gary Williams take on a range of solo performances. Another jolly, populist hit in the Royal Albert Hall's Christmas line-up.
 
 
Christmas Carol Sing-Along 2007

Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7 2AP
Sunday 16th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd December 2007
Get involved and help raise the roof at this annual audience participation festive extravaganza. Every year an ebullient crowd is encouraged to join in and give their lungs a good workout as they belt their way through a stack of traditional, Christmas tunes. Accompanied by the London Concert Chorus and Orchestra and hosted by musical genius and 'Playschool' and 'Playaway' king, Jonathan Cohen, this is an informal, lighthearted event, which is traditionally full of atmosphere. This is always a staunchly populist "greatest hits" set, taking in anything from religious staples like 'O Come All Ye Faithful', to 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree' and Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas'. Tickets for this London favourite are likely to sell out fast.
 
 
Messiah 2007

Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7 2AP
Sunday 16th December 2007
It's not really Christmas in London without a performance of Handel's 'Messiah' and the Royal Albert Hall is always pleased to oblige. This year the choral masterpiece is performed by 500 voices from three top choirs, along with soloists and the superb Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Royal Albert Hall is a spectacular venue, a cathedral to the power of music, with one of the country's finest organs, and it is the perfect place for Handel's soaring redemptive hymn.
 
Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | Goldsmiths Choral Union | Highgate Choral Society | English Concert Chorus | Maria Plazas - Soprano | Jean Rigby - Mezzo | Timothy Robinson - Tenor | Henry Waddington - Bass | Brian Wright - Conductor
 
 
Royal Choral Society Christmas Carols

Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7 2AP
Monday 17th December 2007
The Royal Choral Society brings a selection of traditional carols to the Royal Albert Hall this year. The programme includes, 'Once in Royal David's City', 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', 'Away in a Manger', 'The First Noel', 'God Rest You Merry Gentlemen', 'O Come, All Ye Faithful', and 'Hark! the Herald Angels Sing'. Conducted and introduced by Richard Cooke with John Birch (organ), the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Band of the Grenadier Guards and the London Concert Orchestra.
 
 
King's College Choir

Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7 2AP
Friday 21st December 2007
The world-famous choir of King's College Chapel presents what should be one of the best of this year's carols and classical music concerts. These concerts combine musical excellence and professionalism with a great deal of fun - the element of audience participation has a wonderful effect on the audience's appreciation of the music. From Vivaldi's 'Gloria' and Tchaikovsky's 'Waltz of the Flowers' to Rutter's 'Twelve Days of Christmas' and a special 150th anniversary tribute to Elgar, this year's programme promises something for all. Stephen Cleobury conducts the Philarmonia Orchestra and Chorus with Sarah-Jane Davies (soprano) and Laura Parfitt (alto).
 
 
Additional Dates:
 

Monday 10th December 2007
 
 
Friday 14th December 2007
 
 
Saturday 15th December 2007
 
 
Tuesday 18th December 2007
 
 
Wednesday 19th December 2007
 
 
Thursday 20th December 2007
 
 
Thursday 20th December 2007
 
 
Saturday 22nd December - Monday 24th (Christmas Eve) 2007
 

Current events at Royal Albert Hall
The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace event Sunday 28th September
TIMES Sunday 28th September 2014  PRICING £12.70-£42.28
Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man is performed by 600 young singers from the UK, France, Belgium and Germany to ma... More about this event
International Ballroom Dancing Championships 2014 event Thursday 9th October
TIMES Thursday 9th October 2014 - 5.45pm  PRICING £24-£36
The Royal Albert Hall welcomes a select group of 360... More about this event
Alison Balsom event Monday 13th October
TIMES Monday 13th October 2014 - 8pm  PRICING £15-£49.50
Winner of three Classical BRIT Awards, trumpeter Alison Balsom, the darling of the classical musical world, p... More about this event
Classical Coffee Mornings: Kamila Bydlowska and Lucy Colquhoun event Sunday 21st September
TIMES Sunday 21st September 2014 - 11am-12noon  PRICING £12.22
The Classical Coffee Mornings series continues to shine a spotlight on talent from the Royal College of Music as Polish violinist Kamila Bydlowska per... More about this event
Nitin Sawhney Live event Sunday 21st September
TIMES Sunday 21st September 2014 - 7.30pm  PRICING £22.50-£45
The composer and producer present original music from his latest album, Dystopian Dream.... More about this event
A London Christmas 2007: Carols & Services
 

Southbank Centre: Carols with Voicelab

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
 
Friday 14th December 2007
 
One of a number of festive events taking in and around the Southbank Centre in December, this robust carol singalong promises to be an energetic raucous evening. With a set that can be described as "traditional with a twist", expect some old favourites mixed up with some unexpected additions. Decorated in suitably festive fashion by set designer and associate artist, Michael Vale, the Ballroom forms the venue for this fun, free, seasonal sing-song. Songsheets provided.
 
 
Southbank Centre - Information
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Southwark Cathedral

London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA
 
Thursday 13th - Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 
Dating back to the 13th century Southwark Cathedral is the oldest Gothic church in the city and boasts a colourful history (look out for the monuments to Edmund Shakespeare - the Bard's brother - and playwright John Fletcher) which goes towards forming a fine setting for a series of atmospheric annual services and concerts. There are various carol concerts (almost every other day) and seasonal services on throughout the month but here are some highlights and a couple of notable dates for your diary...
 
Celebrate Christmas with Goldsmiths Choral Union

Thursday 20th December 2007
Regular performers at some of London's most high-profile classical music venues, the Goldsmiths Choral Union choir entertain with a mix of seasonal songs and readings at this family carol concert. Held in the auspicious surroundings of Southwark Cathedral the venue promises to match the standard of the singing. Audience members are encouraged to join in with this festive programme, conducted by Brian Wright.
 
 
Midnight Mass

Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
The mother church for the Anglican Diocese of Southwark, the cathedral attracts a huge crowd each year for its Midnight Mass despite the parish being comparatively small in terms of residents. Make sure you arrive early, approach the cathedral via a walk along the river if you have time, and enjoy the build-up to this joyous celebration.
 
 
Additional Dates:
 
Time: 19:00
Phone: 020 7599 7777
 

Saturday 15th December 2007
 

Monday 18th December 2007
 

Thursday 21st December 2007
 
 
Sunday 23rd December 2007
 

Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 

Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 

Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 
Current events at Southwark Cathedral
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons By Candlelight event Friday 19th September
TIMES Friday 19th September 2014 - 7.30pm-9.30pm  PRICING £15-£28
... More about this event
Nice Vizoso Chao event Tuesday 23rd September
TIMES Tuesday 23rd September 2014 - 3.15pm  PRICING phone for prices
... More about this event
James Brawn event Tuesday 30th September
TIMES Tuesday 30th September 2014 - 3.15pm  PRICING phone for prices
... More about this event
An-Ting Chang event Friday 3rd October
TIMES Friday 3rd October 2014 - 3.15pm  PRICING phone for prices
... More about this event
Magnificent Musicals Central Band Of RBL event Friday 3rd October
TIMES Friday 3rd October 2014 - 7.15pm  PRICING phone for prices
A performance by the Royal British Legion Band performing showtunes.... More about this event
A London Christmas 2007: Carols & Services
 

St George's Cathedral

Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HY
 
Wednesday 12th - Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 
This friendly venue in south London has an atmosphere that is traditionally jovial with a real sense of celebration during many of its services - something which really comes to the forefront at Christmas. In the heart of multicultural London, St George's has a diverse, multicultural congregation and a special Christmas Day service in Spanish. See below for a couple of their major events and a list of seasonal services...
 
A Celebration for Advent

Sunday 16th December 2007
Renowned for its fine choral tradition St George's resident choir is often used for television and radio broadcasts. Displaying their talents via a range of carols and seasonal songs during this special Advent service, audience members are invited to join in with the celebration.
 
 
Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols and Readings

Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
The hub of south London's  cosmopolitan, Roman Catholic community puts on one of London's most renowned Midnight Masses every year. The atmosphere here is traditionally jovial and there's a real sense of celebration and old fashioned cheer as carols echo up into the vaults. Renowned for its fine choral tradition the celebrations here were broadcast on the BBC in 2004 popularising this inspiring service and attracting thousands every year to welcome in Christmas Day with song and prayer.
 
 
Additional Dates:
 

Wednesday 12th December 2007
 
 
Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 
 
Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 
 
Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 
 
Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 
 
Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 
 
Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 

St George's - Information
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St Martin-in-the-Fields

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ
 
Sunday 2nd - Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 
Situated right in the middle of the city you might imagine St Martin-in-the-Fields to be a somewhat impersonal venue, but actually with its "ever-open" door the parish has a surprisingly welcoming, community feel about it and no more so than at Christmas. In centuries past the congregation has enjoyed concerts from talents like Handel and Mozart. This December there are a range of new talents on show. Here are some musical highlights and special seasonal services...
 
Christmas Four Seasons with Audience Carols

Saturday 8th December 2007
Over the course of an early December eve, the London Musical Arts Ensemble weave a glorious blend of Vivaldi's masterpiece with Corelli's Christmas Concerto, Pachelbel's Canon and Gigue and some traditional Christmas carols. The Ensemble has been stalwarts at St Martin's since 1992 and, with conductor John Landor still at the helm, this concert promises to be a combination of sing-a-long fun and fleet, fresh finesse.
 
 
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Wednesday 19th December 2007
Relive the story of the Nativity with the help of readings, carols and choral music. A family service, this is bound to be a popular event, and deservedly so for the choir here are excellent and the location and setting next to none. Pop over to the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square afterwards for some more festive cheer.
 
 
Additional Dates:


Sunday 2nd December 2007
 


Sunday 9th December 2007
 
 
Tuesday 11th December 2007
 


Sunday 23rd December 2007
 


Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 

Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 


Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 

Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 

St Martin-in-the-Fields - Information
A London Christmas 2007: Carols & Services
 

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Churchyard, EC4M 8AD
 
Saturday 8th - Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 
Built by Sir Christopher Wren after the fire, St Paul's is viewed by many as the spiritual home of Great Britain. It's also a very popular place to experience the more traditional side of Christmas. This year, to meet demand, St Paul's is hosting a series of concerts throughout the month of December peaking with the excessively popular Midnight Mass service and carol concert. The cathedral's great dome which dominates much of the City fills with the sound of the Cathedral Choir for a large part of the month and most special services and concerts are free and available to all. See below for some highlight events and a list of dates for your diary...
 
Messiah

Wednesday 12th December 2007
Synonymous with Christmas, Handel's 'Messiah', performed by the Cathedral Choir and Chorus and the City of London Sinfonia in the imposing St Paul's Cathedral, has to be one of the highlights of the season. It's free to attend but you need to apply for tickets by writing to: Messiah Tickets, The Chapter House, London, EC4M 8AD. As you can imagine this is an unbelievably popular event so if you want to attend get your letter posted (with a SAE) as soon as you can.  
 
 
A Celebration of Christmas

Wednesday 19th December 2007
Celebrity readers perform alongside the St Paul's Cathedral Choir and the City of London Sinfonia in this traditional concert of carols and narrated excerpts. It's free and everyone's welcome but space is limited so get there as early as you can to secure a seat in this formidable venue.
 
 
Family Carols (Christingle)

Saturday 22nd December 2007
A short-ish service to suit families, this is a traditional, friendly, pre-Christmas Day celebration with carols performed by the Cantate Youth Choir. Kids are positively encouraged to attend this special service during which Christingles (oranges wrapped in red ribbon and skewered with a lit candle and four cocktail sticks laden with sweets and fruit) are given out. Symbolising the world, the light of Jesus, the love of Christ and the four seasons, Christingles are rarely seen in seasonal services so this one in St Paul's offers a unique chance for families to explore another custom associated with this festive season.
 
 
Additional Dates:
 

Saturday 8th December 2007
 
 
Friday 14th December 2007
La Nativite du Seigneur by Oliver Messiaen (recital)
Sunday 16th December 2007
 
 
Sunday 23rd December and Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 
 
Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 
 
Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 

Current events at St Paul's Cathedral
Bill Viola: Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) event running until Sunday 31st May 2015
TIMES 22nd May 2014 to 31st May 2015 - 8.30am-4pm  PRICING Free, plus admission £16.50, OAP/NUS £14.50, family £40, ages 6-17 £7.50
The first moving-image artwork to be installed in a British cathedral or church on a long-term basis comprises four colour vertical plasma screens, ea... More about this event
A London Christmas 2007: Carols & Services
 

St Paul's Church

Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED
 
Saturday 1st - Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 
An attractive, Inigo Jones-designed church (c.1633) positioned right opposite Covent Garden's market and piazza, St Paul's forms a suitably atmospheric setting for a series of festive concerts and services this Christmas. Included below are a couple of highlights followed by some additional dates for your diary...
 
Concordia Foundation Candlelit Christmas Concert

Saturday 1st December 2007
A good smattering of traditional carols combined with familiar classical pieces capture the essence of Christmas over the ages in this family-oriented Christmas concert. Introduced by international soprano Gillian Humphrys and starring a number of accomplished young musicians and a mystery celebrity guest speaker, the accessible programme combines works from Purcell to Puccini, Handel to Saint Saens. All proceeds go to the Concordia Foundation.
 
 
A Star for Christmas

Wednesday 5th December 2007
Most familiarly referred to as 'The Actors' Church', Covent Garden's St Paul's is the ideal venue for this celebrity-filled, Christmas carol concert in aid of Help the Aged. Performing a range of seasonally-inspired solo songs, readings and group arrangements, a bevy of old-school thesps - from Lionel Blair to Liz Smith - do their bit for charity supported by the RADA Choir. This should be a fun evening, finished off with drinks and nibbles and the chance for a bit of schmoozing. Tickets are bound to sell fast so we recommend you book early.
 
 
Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 16th December 2007
With a cast of professional actors performing readings from the King James Bible alongside costumed musicians this colourful, dramatised service should prove popular with families, locals and tourists alike. If you're planning on attending make sure you arrive early to get a space.
 
 
Additional Dates:
 

Thursday 29th November 2007
 
 
Monday 3rd December 2007
 
 
Saturday 8th December 2007
 
 
Sunday 9th December 2007
 
 
Friday 14th December 2007
 
 
Saturday 15th December 2007
 
 
Monday 17th December 2007
 
 
Tuesday 18th December 2007
 
 
Thursday 20th December 2007
 
 
Sunday 23rd December 2007
 
 
Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 
 
Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 

Current events at St Paul's Covent Garden
Concert In Aid Of Charlotte's Helix event Thursday 25th September
TIMES Thursday 25th September 2014 - 7.30pm  PRICING £15
A fundraising concert for genetic research into eating disorders.... More about this event
Memorial Concert For The Late John Shirley-Quirk event Saturday 27th September
TIMES Saturday 27th September 2014 - 3pm  PRICING Free
... More about this event
Bach To Baby Presents: Family Concert event Monday 29th September
TIMES Monday 29th September 2014 - 11am-12noon  PRICING Free
Introduce your children to classical music in this concert series which aims to introduce babies to the works of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and many others ... More about this event
An Evening Of Words And Music With Matthew Rice And Pavel Timofeyevsky event Wednesday 1st October
TIMES Wednesday 1st October 2014 - 5.30pm-9pm  PRICING £27.50
... More about this event
Music for Voices and Viols from the Jacobean Court event Friday 10th October
TIMES Friday 10th October 2014 - 7.30pm-9.30pm  PRICING £9-£12
... More about this event
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Sutton House

Sutton House, London, E9 6JQ
 
Saturday 15th December 2007
 
East London's oldest private house presents a pair of carol concerts on the middle Saturday of December; one an evening concert, the other a cheerful, family sing-song affair. After the evening concert in the house's glorious Wenlock Barn, guests are invited to take a look around the rest of this marvellously preserved, 16th-century building. 
 
Sutton House was built in 1535 for Sir Rafe Sadleir, Principal Secretary of State for Henry VII, and has seen many alterations throughout its near half-millennium history. Inside, the original oak panelling, painted staircase, carved fireplaces and Jacobean paintings are a feast for the eyes, not to mention the mural left by squatters during the 1980s.
 
Sing away and then experience some of London's rich past, warm your hands around a piping glass of mulled wine and usher in the festive spirit.
 
 
Current events at Sutton House
Influential Black Londoners: Free Family Day event Sunday 28th September
TIMES Sunday 28th September 2014 - 12noon-4pm  PRICING Free, plus admission £3.50, child £1, family £6.90
... More about this event
Consortium5 Recorder Quintet event Sunday 5th October
TIMES Sunday 5th October 2014 - 7pm-9pm  PRICING £12
The ensemble will perform Fantasias, In Nomines and Dances across ten different sizes of recorder. These works will be juxtaposed by a performance of ... More about this event
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Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DS
 
Monday 10th - Sunday 23rd December 2007 (*there are no carols on Tuesday 11th December)
 
For over half a century Trafalgar Square has been adorned with a majestic Christmas tree - an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for support and friendship during World War Two. The evergreen - perhaps the most famous in the world - is an integral part of Christmas in London and is always a prime specimen, towering high alongside Nelson and decorated only with authentic white lights. Singing groups and passers-by join around the tree every evening to sing carols and soak up the Christmas cheer. On some evenings the angelic voices of the St Martin-in-the-Fields choir lead the tune. This is a wonderful spot to capture the spirit of Christmas.
 
 
Current events at Trafalgar Square
BP Big Screen: The Royal Opera: Rigoletto event Wednesday 17th September
TIMES Wednesday 17th September 2014 - 7.30pm  PRICING Free
A free, live outdoor screening direct from the More about this event
Royal Opera House BP Big Screens 2014 event running until Wednesday 17th September 2014
TIMES 20th May to 17th September 2014  PRICING Free
Three of the Royal Opera Ho... More about this event
A Place Called Home event Thursday 18th September until Monday 22nd September
TIMES 18th to 22nd Sep 2014  PRICING Free
Four homes, apparently similar from the outside but individually designed within, take up residence temporarily in Trafa... More about this event
Africa on the Square event Saturday 11th October
TIMES Saturday 11th October 2014 - 12noon-6pm  PRICING Free
A brand new event from the Mayor of London, Africa on the Square is a free festival celebrating African cultu... More about this event
Diwali Festival event Sunday 12th October
TIMES Sunday 12th October 2014  PRICING Free
Known as the festival of lights, Diwali has religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and is celebra... More about this event
A London Christmas 2007: Carols & Services
 

Westminster Abbey

Parliament Square, SW1P 3PA
 
Sunday 2nd - Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 
Stunning Gothic architecture, the artistic talent that went into the statues, murals, paintings and tombs, and the fantastic stained glass, combine to make Westminster Abbey the most enduringly stunning of Londonís churches and a treasure trove of royal history. An absolutely dazzling setting for Christmas worship and concerts, all are welcome to attend events and services at this iconic venue. Just make sure you either book your ticket or grab your seat as early as possible as they are VERY popular. Here are a couple of this year's highlights followed by a list of their special seasonal services...
 
Classic FM Music Makers Charity Christmas Concert

Thursday 13th December 2007
The setting of every coronation since 1066, Westminster Abbey doubles up as a fabulous venue for their annual Christmas charity concert. Conducted by James O'Donnell, the huge vaults of this stunning Gothic venue play host this year to the crystal clear sounds of The Choir of Westminster Abbey and organist Robert Quinney for a traditional programme of carols and seasonally-themed readings. One of the highlights of the evening, guest soloist, Welsh Baroque soprano Elin Manahan-Thomas, performs Handel's 'Rejoice Greatly' from 'Messiah', while Classic FM presenters Simon Bates, Jane Jones and Jamie Crick lead the readings.
 
 
Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey

Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
Pack inside one of London's most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service to take you right through to Christmas Day. Westminster Abbey has been at the centre of royal and religious life in Britain since the time of William the Conqueror who was crowned here on Christmas Day 1066, following the successful Norman invasion of the British Isles. It's easy to lose sight of what Christmas is all about in the sea of commercialisation, but perched in the majestic history of the Abbey's nave will help remind you of the religious message. These awe-inspiring surroundings provide a striking backdrop for an evening of lessons and carols.
 
 
Special Seasonal Services:
 

Sunday 2nd December 2007
 

Sunday 23rd December 2007
 

Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 

Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 

Current events at Westminster Abbey
Choir School Open Day event Saturday 20th September
TIMES Saturday 20th September 2014 - 11.30am  PRICING phone for prices
Visit the specialist Choir School.... More about this event
60 Chairs For 60 Years event running until Saturday 27th September 2014
TIMES 6th May 2013 to 27th September 2014 - 10.30am-4pm  PRICING Free, plus admission £18, concs £15, NUS £8, family £36 & £44, under 11s Free accompanied
A unique collection of miniature Coronation chairs, including gold and silver replicas, jewellery charms, music boxes and money boxes.... More about this event
Academic Symposium: Going To War' Exploring Conflict In A Europe Of Nations: Talk event Saturday 4th October
TIMES Saturday 4th October 2014 - 9.30am  PRICING phone for prices
Discussion of three continuing issues.... More about this event
A London Christmas 2007: Carols & Services
 

Westminster Cathedral: A Christmas Celebration

42 Francis Street, SW1P 1QW
 
Thursday 20th December 2007
 
With plain walls and simple candlelight juxtaposed against colourful mosaics and marbles, London's striking neo-Byzantine Roman Catholic cathedral provides an atmospheric backdrop for this festive musical celebration. Westminster Cathedral boasts one of the best young choirs in the capital (if not the country). Their performance at this annual event combined with impressive arrangements and the venue's excellent acoustics breathe new life to those old classics and make this one of the most popular Christmas concerts in the festive calendar.
 
Additional Dates:
 

Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 2007
 


Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) 2007
 

Current events at Westminster Cathedral
Gerard Gillen event Wednesday 24th September
TIMES Wednesday 24th September 2014 - 7.30pm  PRICING Free donations welcome
The organist performs a selection of classical pieces.... More about this event
 
 
 
 
 
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